By actively encouraging knowledge dissemination and discussion we hope to raise awareness about key ecological issues and build opportunities for collaboration among our partners.

In 2020, we’re excited to celebrate ARI’s 50 years of Science that Matters with the ‘ARI Legacy Seminar Series'. Hear from some of ARI’s most esteemed researchers as they reflect on ARI’s scientific achievements, the evolution of environmental research and policy in Victoria, and how ARI might lead biodiversity research in future. We all have much to learn from each other, and the Seminar series continues to be an important part of the intellectual life of our Institute.

Scheduled seminar sessions are broadcast by webinar on Mondays 1-2 pm, unless otherwise indicated. Each session runs for a total of one hour and includes time for questions. Sessions may involve multiple speakers giving shorter 'snapshot' style presentations. Note that the schedule is subject to change at short notice.

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Note that until further notice seminars will not be held at ARI and will only be accessible via Microsoft Teams webinar. A selection of past seminars from 2019 and 2020 are available to view via the recorded webinar - see links below:

2020 ARI Research Seminar Series

Recordings of webinars for a selection of past seminars are now available - see links below.

2020 Speaker(s) and subject
November 23rd Fern Hames (ARI, Communication and Collaboration)
What about people? The shifting role of people in our ecological equations

View a recording of this webinar on YouTube
October 19th John Koehn (ARI, Population Processes)
Fisheries, fish, aquatic ecology: progress over the past 40 years

View a recording of this seminar on YouTube
September 21st Lindy Lumsden (ARI, Wildlife Ecology)
Marvellous, mysterious mammals: ARI's legacy in mammal research over recent decades

View a recording of this seminar on YouTube
August 17th Josephine MacHunter, Tracey Regan, Annique Harris, Khorloo Batpurev (ARI)
ARI's bright future - science, policy and collaboration

View a recording of this seminar on YouTube
31st Peter Menkhorst (ARI, Waterbirds and Wetlands)
Laying the foundations: wildlife research at ARI,  1970-1995

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July 27th Matt White (ARI, Ecological Analysis and Synthesis)
Nature conservation in Victoria 1969-2020 - an abridged and idiosyncratic rendering

View a recording of this seminar on YouTube
June 15th Kim Lowe (Director, ARI)
ARI: celebrating 50 years of great science that matters for Victorians

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April 27th Melissa Hatty (Monash University and ARI)
Who needs to do what differently: why behavioural science matters in biodiversity conservation

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March 16th

Lesley Head (University of Melbourne)
Mass fish kills as a crisis of modern water: understanding hydrosocial change in the Murray-Darling Basin

This seminar will be rescheduled
February 24th Richard Faulkner (ARI, Communication and Collaboration)
Conservation in the Kimberley - a perspective from working within an NGO

Renae Ayres (ARI, Population Processes)
Trees for fish: Angler Riparian Partnerships Program

View the seminar on the Kimberley and trees for fish

2019 ARI Research Seminar Series

Presentations that were part of our 2019 series. The webinar for a selection of these are now available - see links below.

2019 Speaker(s) and subject
December 18th Fern Hames (ARI, Communication and Collaboration)
View the webinar: Antarctica Part II: Lessons in leadership
November 18th Josephine MacHunter and Nevil Amos (ARI, Fire Ecology)
View the Webinar: FAME decision tools for biodiversity - a breakthrough in fire management

Ivor Stuart (ARI, Population Processes)
View the webinar: Restoring fish populations in the Murray-Darling Basin: future directions and perspectives
October 7th Dan Stoessel (ARI, Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation)
Understanding salinity tolerance of Murray Hardyhead to guide environmental water

Michael Scroggie (ARI, Wildlife Management)
Fragmentation and disturbance drive occurrence and persistence of grassland herpetofauna

View the webinar on Murray Hardyhead and grassland herpetofauna
September 9th Yael Rodger (Monash University)
Genetic rescue of an endangered grassland daisy Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides

Emma Barnett (Monash University)
How well do ex situ plant collections capture the genetic diversity of their founders?

View the webinar on plant genetic rescue and diversity
August 12th Manisha Bhardwaj (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
View the webinar: How is linear infrastructure (road & railway) impacting wildlife?
19th Matthew Selinske (RMIT University)
View the webinar: Prioritising human behaviour change for conservation in Victoria
July 8th
10:30 am
Uncle Dave Wandin (Wurundjeri Woi-wurrang Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation)
View the webinar: Cultural burning
May 13th Annette Muir (ARI, Fire Ecology)
Does fire interval, fire severity or weather affect Hairpin Banksia persistence?

Luke Collins (ARI postdoctoral, Community Ecology and La Trobe University)
Are eucalypt forests resilient to regimes of frequent high severity fire?
27th Michael Whitehead (University of Melbourne)
Linking pollinator behaviour and floral evolution
April 15th Phil Papas (ARI, Riparian and Wetland Ecology)
Measuring ecological responses to the restoration of water regimes in wetlands

Geoff Heard (ARI, Wildlife Management)
Sixteen years of Growling Grass Frog research on Melbourne's urban fringe: where to next?
29th Amy Edwards (La Trobe University, School of Life Sciences)
Maternal sex allocation: tales of the controlling mother, the changing climate and rainbow-coloured sperm

Caleb McElrea (University of Melbourne)
The echidna phallus: a four-pronged approach
March 4th Tarmo Raadik (ARI, Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation)
Barriers benefiting biodiversity

Lyndsey Vivian (ARI, Riparian and Wetlands)
Moira grass plains at Barmah Forest
25th Bob Wong (Monash University, Behavioural Ecology Research Group)
Behavioural responses to a changing world: evolutionary and ecological consequences
February 18th   Lachlan Francis (ARI, Predator Management)
Predator control on Macquarie Island & Conservation benefits of feral cat management on Bruny Island

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